FAMILY BREAD

Offering a Shoulder of Support

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Offering a Shoulder of Support [Exodus 17:8-16]


Product distributors are familiar with the term “piggy-backing”. It suggests how people use the influence of others to leverage their efforts. Piggy-backing is legal when applied in the right context; providing benefit for both parties. This concept is applicable in our lives.

Everybody needs someone. The LORD has made it so! He created man to live in a community, and one way to ensure no one feels they are self-sufficient and stays aloof is by creating a need for the support of others – emotionally, financially, spiritually, etc.

And by divine orchestration, He connects us to people, who either need our help or serve as shoulders we could ride on to reach the destination He has intended for us.

We ought to be conscious of the right people He brings our away and take due advantage of their presence in our lives. Being conscious of this also means that we must learn to treat everybody right irrespective of our perceptions about them – you might just be dealing with an “angel” from God.

Meditation:


Exodus 17:12

Life Application:


Have you ever given someone a genuine cause to bless God for your life? What did you do for them that could be responsible for that gesture (if yes)? If no, identify ways you could be.

Prayer Focus:


Dear Father, please connect me to people who could lead me in the direction of Your will and plan for my life.

Bedtime Reflection:


“Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.” [Phm. 20, nkjv]

It Takes Two

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It Takes Two [Romans 15:1-6]


There is a good reason the Creator made things in pairs, including man. Two are better than one. This is true for all things. It is especially true for our walk of faith. Our journey in the Kingdom is not marked out to be on a solitary path. We need one another in order to remain steadfast in the faith.

We are encouraged to join in the fellowship of the brethren as often as possible (Heb. 10:25). Apostle Paul revelled in joining the brethren to fellowship because of the mutual benefit there is to gain (Rom. 1:11-12). The devil can easily prey upon us when he is able to isolate us from the brethren.

We must therefore endeavour to remain connected. The early church had regular meetings (Acts 2:42). Meetings must not necessarily be about conventional “church activities”; sometimes, surrounding ourselves with one or two believers might suffice.

As often us we can, let’s give ourselves to the company of believers that we might be edified and remain strong in the faith.

Meditation:


Romans 15:2

Life Application:


Identify something you can do to edify others in the gathering of the saints or one-on-one interactions between you and others.

Prayer Focus:


Dear Father, please help me to overcome any setbacks that keep me away from the gathering of the brethren?

Bedtime Reflection:


“For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.” [Prov. 27:17, nkjv]

Induced Resonance

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Induced Resonance [2 Samuel 22:26-37]


A fundamental principle governing the world is the principle of cause-and-effect, or call it action-and-reaction. We tend to receive in equal measure what we put into every situation. We receive love when we create a love-aura around us; and are likely to be treated with disdain if we don’t treat others well in our daily living.

We are quite familiar with some aspects of the nature of the LORD; not so with other aspects though. For instance, we know Him to be a loving God, full of mercy and grace. Rightly so, He is. The LORD, sometimes, by His endless love nature, deals with us irrespective of what we do or do not do (2 Tim. 2:13).

However, we ought to understand that it is always not the case. He is Sovereign, but also Just. He relates to us in like measure as our relationship towards Him.

His faithfulness is best known by those who are faithful in walking with Him. We must be guided by this if we indeed seek to make the most of our walk with Him.

Meditation:


2 Samuel 22:26

Life Application:


Assess your life to identify the areas you have been faithful or otherwise. Outline steps to help you remain faithful to the LORD in all areas of your life.

Prayer Focus:


Dear Father, please teach me to walk with You as You expect of me.

Bedtime Reflection:


“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (Jas. 4:8, nkjv)

 

Ever on Our Side

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 Ever on Our Side! [Hebrews 10:19-25]
Every profession has its rules of engagement. For many a profession, people choose to become part of; while for others, it is conferred upon. Being a priest is a noble profession that few people are truly qualified for, as can be seen in the pre-requisite conditions required of persons who so desire to join (1 Tim. 3:1-13).

There are those who are called into the priesthood, while others choose it as a profession for various reasons. In recent times, many people parade themselves as servants of the LORD but few are truly called of Him. And it takes only the discerning to identify who is truly called of the LORD (1 Jn. 4:1-3).

A perfect example of a priest is the Lord Jesus Christ. He embodies what is truly required of priests, and is therefore worth emulating by all who are either called or choose to be priests. And for us His followers, our greatest gain is that He is ever on our side. He remains our advocate before the Father (1 Jn. 2:1).

With this assurance, we ought to be the most confident among all people.
Meditation:
Hebrews 10:23
Life Application:
What does the priesthood of the Lord Jesus Christ mean for you?
Prayer Focus:
Dear Father, thank you for giving me an Advocate in Jesus Christ.
Bedtime Reflection:
“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” [Heb. 12:2, nkjv]

Thus Saith the LORD

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February 5, 2017: Thus Saith the LORD! [Ezra 5:6-17]


Much is known about the essence of words in our lives. They have influence for the past, present and future. Words represent the decisions of yesterday and today, and have bearing on the happenings of tomorrow; and serve as a bargaining chip in deliberations between individuals and among groups of people.

Words ought not to be taken for granted. In a court of law, words (be it an evidence of past proceedings or declaration of the present) can lead to condemnation or acquittal of an accused person or even the plaintiff. In the Kingdom of God, we operate by knowledge of the Word of the LORD – written or spoken.

There is a Word about any situation we find ourselves and would ever find ourselves in. Ours is to know what the LORD has said and declare it. Your victory over the problem you are grappling with is just a Word (of faith) away. Declare it!
Meditation:


Ezra 5:17
Life Application:


Identify a particular challenge you are dealing with in your life (if any).

Can you find any Word regarding this issue? If you do, use it as precedence in prayer.
Prayer Focus:


Dear Father, please guide me in the truth of Your Word; and teach me to put Your Word to practice.
Bedtime Reflection:


“And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak.” [2 Cor. 4:13, nkjv]

The LORD is Watching

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February 4, 2017: The LORD is Watching [Numbers 14:1-9]


This is the summary of life of the believer: a celestial being who is domicile in the terrestrial. And while living on the earth is not illegal, the challenges the believer has to face up to are enormous. The boisterous storms of life are ever raging. The world is wailing. Politicians are giving empty-assurances.

The poor is continuously being impoverished, while the wealthy thrive at their expense. Sometimes, good people suffer while the evil are celebrated. Believers, aliens to the systems of the world, are under attack from the rulers of darkness. The devil always is always planning and has an agenda against us.

The interesting thing about all these, however, is that the LORD is fully aware and on our side (Deut. 31:6). Whenever the enemy comes roaring at us we should take solace in this assurance.

The LORD shall always fight for us. He is our standard-bearer in battle. We shall overcome, no matter what!
Meditation:


Numbers 14:3
Life Application:


Do you sometimes feel the LORD has forsaken you? How do you relate to Him in such times?
Prayer Focus:


Dear Father, please contend with those who contend with me, and rescue me from their evil plans against me.
Bedtime Reflection:


“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” [Heb. 13:5-6, nkjv]

The Refreshing Saint Diary

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February 3, 2017: The Refreshing Saint Diary [Isaiah 50:4-10]


If life were a book, it would have intriguingly contrasting pages. It would have pages of happiness that brighten gloomy ones, pages of love outshining ones coloured with hatred, etc.

What a book it would be, if life was. Life under the sun is a mix of many things. And we all need someone to give us a hand to get up, a shoulder to cry on, and a piggyback to ride on and reach higher among other things.

In the church, at the office, even in the bus and on the street; the LORD has positioned people I refer to us “refreshing saints”, who, through grace, are God’s timely help and solution to every situation we may find ourselves in. Refreshing saints are angels without wings.

These might not necessarily be people with “names” and fame; they, nonetheless, speak the oracles of the LORD in every season of our life. They carry an aura and an endearing presence. Thank God for refreshing saints!

Meditation:


Isaiah 50:4
Life Application:


Look in to your life, and recount some difficult moments you have had in the past. Brood over how the LORD came to you rescue.
Prayer Focus:


Dear Father, thank you for the refreshing saints you have placed in my life. Please make me a refreshing saint unto others.
Bedtime Reflection:


“For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.” [Phm. 1:7, nkjv]

The Refreshing Saint Diary

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February 3, 2017: The Refreshing Saint Diary [Isaiah 50:4-10]


If life were a book, it would have intriguingly contrasting pages. It would have pages of happiness that brighten gloomy ones, pages of love outshining ones coloured with hatred, etc.

What a book it would be, if life was. Life under the sun is a mix of many things. And we all need someone to give us a hand to get up, a shoulder to cry on, and a piggyback to ride on and reach higher among other things.

In the church, at the office, even in the bus and on the street; the LORD has positioned people I refer to us “refreshing saints”, who, through grace, are God’s timely help and solution to every situation we may find ourselves in. Refreshing saints are angels without wings.

These might not necessarily be people with “names” and fame; they, nonetheless, speak the oracles of the LORD in every season of our life. They carry an aura and an endearing presence. Thank God for refreshing saints!
Meditation:


Isaiah 50:4
Life Application:


Look in to your life, and recount some difficult moments you have had in the past. Brood over how the LORD came to you rescue.
Prayer Focus:


Dear Father, thank you for the refreshing saints you have placed in my life. Please make me a refreshing saint unto others.
Bedtime Reflection:


“For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.” [Phm. 1:7, nkjv]

Every Praise to our God

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February 2, 2017: Every Praise to our God [Psalm 145:1-13]


Everything in the world was made by a Magnificent Hand, carefully and intricately piecing all components together without any form of flaws.

This is why all creation have one thing in common: distinct uniqueness. There are uncountable species of birds, all displaying various colours. The sea teems with myriads of fish species, having different shapes.

The galaxy of stars have their unique names (Ps. 147:4). Human beings are amazingly different from one another. Even identical twins can be separated by unique features. There are far less forms of creation that have been seen compared to those yet to be discovered.

The sea has loads of them. All these define the artistic ingenuity of the Hands behind creation. And all creation proclaim His praises in their unique ways. A blend of these unique praises creates a harmonious melody in the ears of the Creator. He delights in our praises. Singing the LORD’s praises is not an event. It ought to be an unending activity.

Meditation:


Psalms 145:5

Life Application:


Take a stroll along a natural scene around your house. Observe critically the various things you see. What features of creation strike you most regarding the Magnificence of the LORD?

Prayer Focus: 


Dear Father, I will forever praise You. I will declare your praises to all people.

Bedtime Reflection:


“Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven.” [Ps. 148:13, nkjv]

Unbeatable Joy

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February 1, 2017: Unbeatable Joy [Psalm 100]


Joy is an outward expression, but emanates from within. It is not dependent on things which happen within our physical realm. It is a product of uncompromising conviction, a blind faith, and a stubborn assurance. Joy is not the same as happiness. The latter is a shadow of the former.

Happiness appears to have a real-form, but falters and quickly vanishes in the face of hardship. Joy is, however, immovable and persistent. It is more important and superior to happiness.

It is what the LORD fills us with through His Spirit (Gal. 5:22). We need to walk in the joy of the LORD at all times. Joy is a constituent of our worship, according to the Psalmist.

For all He is, what He has done, and what He will do; we have every cause to be joyous. Celebrate Him with all gladness of heart– even when you do not have a cause to be happy.
Meditation:


Psalm 100:4
Life Application:


Identify at least three situations you experience in a day that could make you happy.

How would you react when reverse of these situations occur, and how can you manifest joy in spite of?
Prayer Focus:


Dear Father, thank you for the seed of joy. I choose to demonstrate joy at all times; and I need your guidance to do this.
Bedtime Reflection:


“Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our LORD. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” [Neh. 8:10, nkjv]

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